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India likely to acquire Tu-22M3 Supersonic Bombers to Hunt down PLAN Warships

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by lca-fan, Aug 30, 2017.

  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    India likely to acquire Tu-22M3 Supersonic Bombers to Hunt down PLAN Warships
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 By: Defence News
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    India seems likely to acquire four Tupolev Tu-22M3 "Backfire" twin-engine strategic bombers from Russia and will probably use these long-range jets on maritime strike missions to attack warships with volleys of modern anti-ship missiles (ASMs), including India's own BrahMos-A.

    When they arrive in India, the Backfires will become the country's first long-range strategic bombers. Indian media said these four variable-wing jets should be sufficient to deter China from further expansion in the Indian Ocean.

    In December 2015, China announced it would build a naval base for its People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean nation off the east coast of Africa.

    Indian military analysts said the only conceivable deployment for the Tu-22M3 is to attack PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean and in the South China Sea. The jets have a range of 6,800 km, allowing them to venture out to the South China Sea from Visakhapatnam, headquarters of the Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command. The distance to the Seychelles is 4,000 km.

    The Tu-22M3 was originally designed by the Soviet Union as a long-range maritime strike bomber armed with stand-off cruise missiles capable of attacking U.S. Navy carriers at very long-range.

    India might choose to arm the Tu-22M3 with the air launched version of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, the BrahMos-A, or with the Russian cruise missiles it's designed to launch: the Raduga Kh-22 and the Raduga Kh-15.

    The Kh-22 has a range of 600 km and a 1,000 kg warhead. This weapon can also be armed with a nuclear warhead. The smaller Kh-15 with its 150 kg warhead is the world's fastest aircraft-launched missile.

    Backfires from the Thanjavur Air Force Base in southern India armed with the BrahMos-A can hunt down and hit PLAN warships in the Indian Ocean. The BrahMos-A can be modified to carry a nuclear warhead.

    Russia currently uses its Tu-22M3s to bomb targets in Syria in support of the Syrian government. The jets rain down unguided "dumb bombs" on their targets, which the United States says are mostly resistance groups allied with it.
    http://www.defencenews.in/article/I...nic-Bombers-to-Hunt-down-PLAN-Warships-283945

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  2. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I told you, someone is making a fool of this nation big time.
     
  3. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog Staff Member MODERATOR

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    How about a source next time. :dude:

     
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  4. randomradio

    randomradio Colonel Technical Analyst

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    What's up?
     
  5. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Navy does not need them, so who is paying for them and why?
     
  6. Notsuperstitious

    Notsuperstitious 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Indian defence reporting remains the stuff of legends.

    Tu22m3 production ceased recently, I mean 20 years ago. That means we plan to buy second hand airframes that are on an overage over 30 year old?????

    I would truly like to know HOW such news is discovered?
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    these aircraft were a big flop even in RuAF.
     
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  8. ghostwhowalks

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    can find that tweet now, but I distinctly remember reading on twitter earlier today that this "news" originated from the mouth of a PLA spokes person. So in all likelihood this is part of Chinese Psy Ops.
     
  9. Gessler

    Gessler Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    The rumor that India would acquire Tu-22M3 has been around for a long, long time. We aren't getting it.

    I don't know who keeps trying to resurface this news every six months.
     
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    X_Killer Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Its nothing more than a propaganda...

    Old news material in brand new packaging.
     
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  11. SUNDRA ANAND

    SUNDRA ANAND FULL MEMBER

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    How about India getting the supersonic B1 Lancer bombers from the US?
     
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  12. Vyom

    Vyom Captain GEO STRATEGIC ANALYST

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    Yeas we also ordered a battleship Galactica
     
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    Is there no benefit or advanced capability such an aircraft would bring to India? I always found it curious that India has absolutely no long range strategic bombers (both for purposes of nuclear strikes and other functions like swarming enemy carrier groups as mentioned above).
     
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    You stole my words :argh:
     
  15. Indian Jatt

    Indian Jatt Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Bombers are absolute and please forgive me if I say, bombers need air superiority and against Sam's they are dud and can only be used in 3 world country without sams....we know what used to happen to bombers during ww2.......bombers used to blow up in the skies....
     
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